Senior Staff Attorney/Senior Attorney (Information Technology and Cybersecurity)

Washington, D.C
Jan 24, 2023
Jan 31, 2023
Full Time

As a Senior Staff Attorney/Senior Attorney (Information Technology and Cybersecurity), PA-0905-2/3, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Providing innovative, timely, and solution-oriented legal support to GAO leadership, GAO's ITC analyst team, and Congress on a broad range of legal and policy topics primarily involving cybersecurity, protection of sensitive information including privacy matters, IT management, and compliance with related laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Researching and applying the law in GAO's conduct of performance audits of agency programs and activities.
  • Analyzing federal agencies' interpretations of authorizing and program-related statutes.
  • Ensuring that positions taken by GAO are legally correct and constitute the best objective view of the law, including in circumstances of first impression and matters of national significance.
  • Reviewing GAO products (such as reports and testimonies) to ensure they reflect an objective, accurate understanding and application of the law as it relates to the federal program or activity under review.
  • Collaborating with other attorneys in GAO's Office of General Counsel regarding cross-cutting issues that affect multiple agencies or issue areas.
  • Providing legal support and counsel to GAO officials testifying before Congress, often under short deadlines.
  • Assisting in drafting legislation and analyzing legislative proposals to determine the potential impacts and implications for federal policies and for GAO.
  • Drafting legal memoranda, legal opinions, and sections of audit reports.
  • Providing oral presentations on legal issues at high-level GAO meetings and Congressional briefings.
  • A current security clearance or willingness to obtain a clearance is preferred.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation
  • Completion of a two-year probationary period unless you previously completed a trial period at GAO after October 1, 1980.
  • Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.


You must meet the minimum qualification requirements by the closing date of this job opportunity announcement

1. Must have a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
2. Must be an active member in good standing of a bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
3. Band II Senior Staff Attorney candidates must have a minimum of two years (104 weeks) of legal experience working with and applying the laws, policies, and regulations related to the duties of the position.
4. Band III Senior Attorney candidates must have a minimum of four years (208 weeks) of legal experience working with and applying the laws, policies, and regulations related to the duties of the position.


See Qualification section.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

This position is not in a bargaining unit.

Salary Range:

PA-2: $129,847 - $181,729

PA-3 - $161,824 - $183,500

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see )

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, GAO considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15 which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s)). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more.

TRAVEL & RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel and relocation expenses related to this hiring process will not be paid.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email

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